Bosco Rogers are one of those bands that transcend genre, influence and cultural touch points. Their ability to melt hundreds of the aforementioned in to a cohesive and undeniably earworming album make them not only one of the better bands to hear this year but a cultural touch point themselves for what music in 2016 is.
A crucible of ideas swill around the new album Post Exotic out on Bleepmachine Records on 8th July but what would you expect when you cite the influences of this band of brothers from different mothers. The duo consist of Barth Corbelet and Del Vargas, residing and splitting their time over the channel the band (the name coming from the Normandy town Bosc-Roger-sur-Buchy were their earliest songs were written) they cite influences such as The Monks, The B-52s, The Gories and many more. And frankly it shows.
From the first track ‘Googoo’ there is a sense that this band are going to be something a little different. It swaggers in to the airwaves with the pout of a 70’s hedonist and the guitars to match, fuzzing through the heavy lead riff with a decadent aplomb. ‘Anvers’ carries this strut with efficiency and has a hook likely to snag even the most disagreeable fish.
‘The Middle’ is probably the stand-out track for most people, it’s undeniable intro merges Tame Impala with something a little hazier and sunnier. Its pop undertones are hidden between the distorted guitar and shimmying rhythm but be sure to hear this song all summer – we can guarantee that.
Other notable tracks are ‘French Kiss’ which blends a 60’s nuance with a proto-punk urgency and comes out sounding like one of the better songs on the album, ‘Licky Licky Lick’ goes further to differentiate the album from just another garage rock affair. Adding a tropical soul sound which is tantalising to say the least.
‘Drinking for Two’ and ‘Beach! Beach! Beach!’ bring the surf sound to the party but with ‘In Stereo’ they add another darker touch to an otherwise pop sound. ‘Roses’ finishes the album with a more post-punk-indie sound adding a post-modern spin on a deep hum of rhythm.
Touching at points and tub-thumping at others, identifiable and yet immeasurable, it brings together every decade without being conceited and that is something truly special.
Sure, I could list off the varied influences for Post Exotic. The multitude of genre-pies that the duo have their sticky fingers in, but really, who cares? We don’t. What is more important is how this record sounds as a whole and how it sounds is like the only album you’ll need this summer.
Bosco Rogers may not yet have all the hype they deserve but trust us that hype machine is beginning to whir and if it hasn’t reached you yet then make sure the album is yours before everyone else realises.